History + Politics

Should We Be Teaching Students to Spot Fake News? After Watching This, I Suspect You Will Say YES.

My jaw dropped several times watching this. We hear the term “fake news” so often it can mask the subversive…

Vote (Even When Education is Not What Appears to Sway Voters, Yet)

Civic education might be a hallmark of public education in the United States (in theory), but education is not the…

In Case There Was Any Doubt that Punctuation Is Political…This.

Watch how an 18th century typo radically impacted the way an entire nation came to understand one of its most…

Check it Out: Now I Know Why Carnegie Libraries All Look the Same

You ever notice from like blocks away that a building coming up was one of those Carnegie libraries? They all…

Spend 5 Minutes Today to Learn About the Indigenous Peoples Whose Land You’re Standing On

Columbus Day is a loaded holiday for many families and children. Some are making a call to rename the holiday…

What Schools Can Learn from Lyft

Lyft, the car-ride service, is putting their money where their values are. Ahead of the mid-terms elections, they are offering…

Why Do We Say “O.K.”? I’m Glad You Asked

Language is socially constructed. The phrase O.K. originated in Boston in the 19th century as a way to say “all…

I Can’t Put Down this Book on Why We Should Sue Schools into Teaching Civics Education. Seriously.

If you’ve seen my States of Education map, you know the story: in the United States, education is mentioned nowhere…

Do You Live in an Education Desert? Find Out with this Map.

You can’t go to college if it’s too far away. Or, at least, distance makes the commitment that much harder.…

Ta-Nahisi Coates on How Schools Hold Children Back

In Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers this poignant passage about his experience with school as a child. For…

What if We Talk about College and CREATIVE Readiness Instead?

In the name of rigor and accountability, reforms that overemphasize career readiness and elaborate schemas of skill sets might actually…

The Best Video About Data You’ll Likely See Today

The use of data in teaching and learning has increased dramatically over the last fifteen years. Driven in part by…

1776 the Musical Taught Me To Love History

I attribute my loves of history and music to a fifth grade viewing of 1776 that happened annually in my…

The Etymology of ‘Pedagogy’ Might Surprise You

If you love education and love etymology, you’ll dig this. I love looking to the histories of words to better…

See if Your School District or University Has Been Investigated for Civil Rights Violations

The United States Department of Education investigates claims of civil rights violations in K-12 and higher educational institutions. The data…

The Semicolon That Almost Destroyed Texas

Like me, you probably don’t fully appreciate the importance of punctuation and grammar in making society function. Fortunately, Malcolm Gladwell’s…
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